Thursday 19 November 2009

2009/2010 Summer of Cricket: Australian Team for First Test with West Indies at Gabba.

Australian selectors have picked the following 12 man squad for the First Test of the 2009/2010 Summer of Cricket against the West Indies at the Gabba starting November 26.

Stuart Clark is the big omission - being left out despite his success on Australian soil - with NSW teammate Doug Bollinger preferred for the Gabba Test Squad.

The Likely Test Lineup from the 12 man squad is:
Shane Watson
Simon Katich
Ricky Ponting (c)
Michael Clarke
Michael Hussey
Marcus North
Brad Haddin
Mitchell Johnson
Nathan Hauritz
Peter Siddle
Ben Hilfenhaus
Doug Bollinger (Likely 12th Man)

When the Australian selectors pick a side do they actually consider the value of a bowler who can bowl line and length?

One of the big reasons we didn't struggle mightily post-McGrath was the Stuart Clark factor... but how quickly the selectors forget what is vital to the makeup of a bowling attack.

Clark may win a reprieve if Peter Siddle fails to recover from a side strain but his Test Career now looks in serious doubt.

Which is a shame because he remains Australia's best Test Match bowler... who can't get a start in a Test Match.